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Poll: Support for Iran Nuke Deal Remains Steady; 54 Percent

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:19 PM

Public support for the Iran nuclear deal remains steady, less than three weeks before an Oct. 15 deadline for President Donald Trump to decide whether the Islamic Republic is adhering to the accord, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico survey released on Wednesday.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said they backed the agreement, down only two percentage points from a poll in April, while 28 percent said they opposed the deal, down one percentage point from the previous survey.

The deal was reached in 2015 between former President Barack Obama, Iran, and members of the international community to stop sanctions against Tehran in exchange for its promise to halt the development of nuclear weapons.

Other details of the survey include:

  • The steady backing of the deal came despite a sharp drop in support from Republicans, which fell to 43 percent from 53 percent five months ago.
  • Democratic support for the agreement rose to 69 percent from 65 percent in the last survey, while backing from independents slipped to 46 percent from 48 percent.
  • Thirty-seven percent said they want Trump to recertify the deal, while 34 percent said he should decertify it and allow Congress to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.
  • Among Democrats, 51 percent back certification, while 50 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of independents want Trump to de-certify the deal.
  • Forty-eight percent said they had high or some confidence in Trump to handle Iran.
  • Only 2 percent said Iran was the top threat to the United States. Leading the list was North Korea at 50 percent, the Islamic State terror group at 18 percent, Russia at 14 percent and China at 6 percent.

Despite declaring once since entering the White House that Tehran is complying with the deal, Trump continues to criticize the agreement, calling it an "embarrassment to the United States" during his speech earlier in the month at the United Nations General Assembly.

The online poll was conducted Sept. 2 - 24 among 1,987 registered voters and has a two percentage point margin of error.

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